Essential features of CHA licensing regulations:-
-No ceiling for number of CHAs who can be appointed in a Customs House.
-Issue of regular licence is preceded by a period of grant of temporary licence.
-Prescribing criteria of experience and financial soundness for appointment.
-Grant of regular licence is subject to passing examination, satisfying minimum volume of business and complying with obligations under Regulation No. 14.
-Change in the constitution of partnership or firm not to affect the operations of CHA.
-Commissioners have been empowered to prescribe fees to prevent excess billing by the CHAs.
Qualifications of an applicant:-
-The applicant individual working for a firm or a company should be:
-A graduate from a recognized University.
-Should hold a pass in Form G as employee of the firm / company.
-Should have engaged in Customs clearance work for three years.
-Should possess assets of Rs.1 lakhs or Rs.50,000/- as certified by a scheduled bank.
-Reliability of the applicant and soundness of financial status are very important criteria.
If there are too many applicants than the licenses that can be granted, the Commissioner has to select persons for licensing by seniority of holding G pass. If there are two persons of same seniority, the older person will be preferred [Regulation 8(3)].
Relaxations, which can be granted by the Commissioner:
An applicant needs to possess pass level in Form G for one year only if permitted by the Commissioner for reasons to be recorded in writing (Source: Wikipedia).
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